If you haven’t heard, President Obama recently delivered the nation’s annual State of the Union speech. And while the speech itself was nothing special (they rarely ever are), one of the most entertaining parts of the evening is watching the Republican response to whatever he said during his address.
This year Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) was tabbed to give the “official” GOP response. She just got elected to her first term as senator and is considered by many within the Republican party to be a “rising rockstar.” Well, needless to say, her speech was awful. About half of it consisted of her telling stories about what it was like to grow up poor on a pig farm in Iowa followed by the typical list of vague conservative talking points (small government, cut taxes) that we’ve seen fail time and time again in this country.
Last night, Jon Stewart reminded everyone that it was time to hand out his “annual Implody,” which is an award given to the member of the Republican party who imploded while giving their response.
After playing several parts of Ernst’s speech, Stewart asked, “Is that you Siri?” It was a clear jab at the bland and robotic way in which she spoke.
“That seemed like less of a response to the president’s address than an application essay to Nostalgia University,” he quipped.”‘Nostalgia University: It was better when your dad went there.’”
But then Stewart was “shocked” to learn that “tea party darling” Ernst wasn’t the only response offered by the tea party last night.
This next clip came from Rep. Curt Clawson (R-FL) who rambled on and on about his days playing basketball. Now, I’m not a Republican, but it seems conservative voters must really enjoy hearing pointless “this is how I grew up” stories that are clearly meant to try to manipulate simple-minded voters with their “folksiness.”
Stewart then played a part from Sen. Rand Paul’s response where the senator tried to bash “liberal elites” for trying to “impose their will on us.” If by our “will” Paul means equal rights, health care, education, factual scientific beliefs and a fondness of believing in facts – then, yes, he’s absolutely right.
“‘Liberal elites’?” Stewart scoffed. “You’re a doctor and a senator, with a 12-term congressman father and a first name synonymous with a Russian novelist. That’s pretty f*cking elite. So I guess the smear here is ‘liberal.'”
But Stewart saved the best for last and gave the “award” to Sen. Ted Cruz, whose office accidentally posted a clip showing the senator trying to get through his prerecorded response to Obama’s speech – only to screw it up and have start over. Not a big deal, but it was funny nonetheless.
“Here’s a tip: If you’re looking to run for president, maybe you shouldn’t make your response to the State of the Union look like a ransom video,” Stewart said of Cruz’s video.
But the one thing that all of these responses had in common was that none of them offered any real solutions to anything. They were just the typical right-wing rhetoric we’ve been hearing for decades.
Then again, that’s really all the GOP really is: a party that’s comprised of a whole lot of talking points, but absolutely no credible solutions for much of anything.
Watch the video below via Comedy Central: